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What Cyclotron and Lasers Have in Common

Ernest Lawrence’s first working cyclotron in 1930 and Theodore Maiman’s first laser, invented 30 years later, evolved into arguably the two most successful tools of scientific discovery ever devised. And in their beginnings, both could fit in the palm of a hand. An article by UCLA professor Chan Joshi in the December issue of the CERN Courier, in which the author singles out Andy Sessler of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division for his input, tracks the converging paths of these two apparently quite different tools, culminating with Berkeley Lab’s state-of-the-art laser wakefield research accelerator, BELLA. More>

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